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Definition 1: struggle for breath; have insufficient oxygen intake - [verb of body]

Samples where suffocate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he swallowed a fishbone and gagged

Synonyms for suffocate in the sense of this definition

(suffocate is a kind of ...) feel pain or be in pain

Definition 2: feel uncomfortable for lack of fresh air - [verb of body]

Samples where suffocate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The room was hot and stuffy and we were suffocating

(suffocate is a kind of ...) be conscious of a physical, mental, or emotional state

"My cold is gone--I feel fine today" "She felt tired after the long hike" "She felt sad after her loss"

Definition 3: be asphyxiated; die from lack of oxygen - [verb of change]

Samples where suffocate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The child suffocated under the pillow

Synonyms for suffocate in the sense of this definition

(suffocate is a kind of ...) pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life

"She died from cancer" "The children perished in the fire" "The patient went peacefully" "The old guy kicked the bucket at the age of 102"

(... is a kind of suffocate ) die from strangulation

(suffocate has a similar meaning as ...) deprive of oxygen and prevent from breathing

"Othello smothered Desdemona with a pillow" "The child suffocated herself with a plastic bag that the parents had left on the floor"

Definition 4: suppress the development, creativity, or imagination of - [verb of change]

Samples where suffocate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • His job suffocated him

Synonyms for suffocate in the sense of this definition

(suffocate is a kind of ...) suppress or constrain so as to lessen in intensity

"Stifle your curiosity"

(suffocate has a similar meaning as ...) become stultified, suppressed, or stifled

"He is suffocating--living at home with his aged parents in the small village"

Definition 5: become stultified, suppressed, or stifled - [verb of change]

Samples where suffocate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He is suffocating--living at home with his aged parents in the small village

Synonyms for suffocate in the sense of this definition

(suffocate is a kind of ...) undergo a change or development

"The water turned into ice" "Her former friend became her worst enemy" "He turned traitor"

(suffocate has a similar meaning as ...) suppress the development, creativity, or imagination of

"His job suffocated him"

Definition 6: deprive of oxygen and prevent from breathing - [verb of contact]

Samples where suffocate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Othello smothered Desdemona with a pillow
  • The child suffocated herself with a plastic bag that the parents had left on the floor

Synonyms for suffocate in the sense of this definition

(suffocate is a kind of ...) cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly

"This man killed several people when he tried to rob a bank" "The farmer killed a pig for the holidays"

(suffocate implies ...) provide with a covering or cause to be covered

"cover her face with a handkerchief" "cover the child with a blanket" "cover the grave with flowers"

(suffocate has a similar meaning as ...) be asphyxiated; die from lack of oxygen

"The child suffocated under the pillow"

Definition 7: impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of - [verb of contact]

Samples where suffocate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The foul air was slowly suffocating the children

Synonyms for suffocate in the sense of this definition

(suffocate is a kind of ...) block passage through

"obstruct the path"

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